Category: city administration

Why Workforce Development Matters for Mayors

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed mayors’ state of the cities speeches, which highlight the priorities mayors are focusing on. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report has a sample of 160 mayoral speeches between January and April 2018 and includes cities of all population sizes and across geographic

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How City Fiscal Conditions Changed in 2018

This is an excerpt from our new City Fiscal Conditions report. The 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey indicates that slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities. However, the level of optimism is still far below recent years. Tax revenue growth is experiencing a year-over-year slowdown, with

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How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

This is a guest post written by Claire Collins, Development Manager, Local Government Solutions, Local Government Services at IBTS.  As Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall on the coast of the Carolinas, IBTS’s team of natural disaster response and recovery experts have prepared the following short list of our most important OnHAND recommendations to help Communications 1.

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City Fiscal Conditions – A Five-Year Review

In advance of the release of our annual City Fiscal Conditions report on September 13, this blogpost highlights recent historical trends in municipal finance. The community of Bristol straddles the border between Tennessee and Virginia — one name, two cities, and two starkly different realities. And in today’s economy, Bristol, Tennessee, is thriving while Bristol, Virginia,

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Baltimore

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Last week I sat down with Bill Cole, EED fellow from the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to discuss Baltimore’s participation in the program, the city’s focus on equity and the mayor’s vision for Park Heights, the city’s project area. Carlos Delgado: Thank you

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Five Tips for Mayors in the Wake of Disruptive Technology

In a time of rapid technological change, how should mayors and other local elected officials make long-term investments? It seems like every day, a new study comes out claiming to predict how technology will redefine cities, work and daily life. Unfortunately, when it comes to writing about the future, modesty doesn’t sell and most reports

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Fort Wayne Tackles the Opioid Crisis

This is a guest post by Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne, is experiencing tremendous momentum, excitement and investments like never before. Fort Wayne has become a destination city, and people across the country are realizing that this is a great place to live, work and

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In Wisconsin, Urban and Rural Go Hand in Hand

This post is part of a series about reducing the divide between urban and rural communities. In Wisconsin, rural and urban go together like ham and cheddar, Harleys and leather, and bicycle rides on winding country roads. Our state, home to America’s 31st largest city, is also speckled with 601 cities and villages that have a

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How Memphis Helps Minority- and Women-Owned Small Businesses Thrive

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. In 2016 and 2017, as part of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship’s inaugural class, I had the pleasure of working with Mayor Strickland and the city of Memphis. NLC has been fortunate enough to continue collaborating with the mayor ever since, and

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NLC Reengagement Network Releases New Tools for Cities

With the release of two new tools for cities this week, the National League of Cities Reengagement Network is adding to the universe of resources for implementing or adopting comprehensive strategies to reconnect opportunity youth to jobs, education and civic life. The annual Reengagement Census, updated with information from 20 sites for the 2016-17 school

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